Job of the week

1st December 2000 at 00:00
More teachers, especially apparently those of you whose educational experience has been exclusively in the state sector, are applying to schools in the independent sector. Posts such as the chemistry teacher's job on offer at St Lawrence College in Ramsgate, Kent, are attracting your interest.

We all know the stories, stereotypes and prejudices about independent schools, even if we have never been near one. From Miss Jean Brodie via Jennings and Fotherington-Thomas, the characters and rituals of the typical boarding school are familiar to people who have never experienced afternoon prep or lights-out parties in the dormitory.

However, his job might challenge a few of those prejudices. Lessons are timetabled six mornings a week, but only three afternoons, making plenty of time for games and other activities.

There are 350 pupils aged 11-18 in the middle and senior schools - of whom 110 are members of the sixth form. There's a lively junior school, too.

As well as being an excellent chemistry teacher, you will need to be in sympathy with the school's ethos: it's an evangelistic foundation, with a daily act of collective worship.

St Lawrence College is looking for someone to start in April or September next year. For more information call 01843 592680.

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